Originally Posted by CSENYC
Won't Albert II be kind of scarred by being "the King who abdicated"?
Being a king is surely one of the best jobs in the world, and given (1) how many people want to be a king and (2) the fact that very few monarchs abdicate, and most remain king until they pass away, I find it kind of wimpy that Albert II abdicated. His actions trivialize the role of the King, by treating it as a job that you do only as long as you feel like it.
I don't think so. It seems to be becoming a bit common.
GD Jean of Luxembourg abdicated for his son some years ago. Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands just abdicated for her son. The Pope abdicated recently. They didn't "have" to do it.
Also, he said he's doing it for health reasons. He feels his health will keep him from being able to execute his responsibilities properly. I think that sounds like a man looking out for his country's best interests and a man who takes his position seriously. I respect him for doing this. I don't see it as "wimpy."
Anyway, I'd be interested to know how many monarchs consider their job the best in the world, and in today's world, how many really want to be monarch.